Sky restructures Sky Studios & Content teams under Cécile Frot-Coutaz

Sky is overhauling its Sky Content and Sky Studios teams in the UK under a single leadership team, led by Cécile Frot-Coutaz. The move will see all of its non-sports content teams in the UK & Ireland coming together Frot-Coutaz, who was most recently CEO of Sky Studios. She will now expand her role to […]

Sky to cut 1,000 jobs in UK & Ireland as engineers bear brunt of satellite decline

European media giant Sky is cutting 1,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland, as it focuses on streaming rather than satellite delivery. The cuts are expected to hit the company’s engineering teams who are tasked with installing satellite dishes, which customers are shifting away from in preference for streaming. The move comes after the Comcast-owned […]

Show of the Week: Moominvalley

Finnish author Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomins live on in this CGI-animated family series inspired by the tales of the friendly troll family and their friends. It’s been almost 80 years since the characters were first presented to the world and Katherine Senior, head of international sales at Gutsy Animations, says that their enduring appeal is […]

Sky UK & Ireland CEO Stephen van Rooyen to step down

Sky’s UK chief Stephen van Rooyen is stepping down from his position after almost two decades with the pay TV operator, with group CEO Dana Strong taking on his remit. He was most recently overseeing Sky in the UK & Ireland and was chief commercial officer for the group, having previously had a CEO remit […]

Sky & RTL Group in Germany agree deal to share drama & sports

Sky and RTL Group in Germany have struck a new deal that will see the pay TV and free-to-air operators share rights to drama and sports. The two-year agreement, described as an “innovative partnership” by RTL, will predominantly see sports rights being shared but also includes a provision that will see Sky Deutschland’s dramas such […]

Sky CEO ‘optimistic’ of extending HBO deal with WBD & disputes German sale talk

Sky CEO Dana Strong has said she is “optimistic” of extending the HBO overall deal with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which provides the pay TV operator with much of its most watched programming. The current deal – providing shows such as White Lotus and Succession to Sky – was struck in 2019 with Warner Media, […]

Sky UK reveals cut in scripted & factual programming hours

European pay-TV giant Sky expects to commission fewer hours of scripted and factual programming in the UK, content chief Zai Bennett has revealed. Sky’s MD of content in the UK & Ireland discussed the shift in strategy here at the Edinburgh TV Festival, admitting that while spending could increase across the two genres, the amount […]

Sky orders “morally complex” doc from Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse

European pay-TV giant Sky has ordered Tell Them You Love Me, a documentary feature about the affair between a married female professor and a non-verbal man with cerebral palsy. Produced by Louis Theroux’s production company, Mindhouse, the film will launch on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW in November 2023. It is co-produced with Topic […]

Sony extends first window deal with Sky for UK & Ireland

Sony Pictures Television series such as The Good Doctor and S.W.A.T. are to remain available via Sky in the UK & Ireland after the European pay-TV outfit agreed a multi-year extension of its first pay window agreement. The continuation of the existing deal will bring more than 600 hours of TV and film content from […]

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